Diplomatic Appointment — Consul-General in Shanghai

Media release

Canberra

28 September 2011

The Foreign Minister, Kevin Rudd, has today announced that Ms Alice Cawte will be Australia's next Consul-General in Shanghai.

Ms Cawte is expected to take up her appointment next month and she will replace Mr Tom Connor who has been Consul-General since July 2008.

Shanghai is the commercial and financial centre of China and a major gateway for foreign trade and investment. Together with neighbouring Jiangsu and Zhejiang Provinces, Shanghai is part of China's biggest and most dynamic regional economy — the Yangtze-River Delta economic zone. This zone accounts for about one third of Australia's total trade with China.

The Consulate-General in Shanghai covers a consular district of five provinces, in addition to the municipality of Shanghai, with a combined population of over 300 million, offering significant and growing trade and investment opportunities for Australian business. The district is home to a large and growing Australian expatriate community.

Ms Cawte is a senior career officer in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). She has previously served overseas in Beijing and in Noumea and as Representative of the Australian Commerce and Industry Office in Taipei.

Ms Cawte holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from Sydney University. She speaks Mandarin.

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